Feasibility studies

Throughout our 43 years of business, we have completed numerous studies for various clients which have focused on helping clients determine the future needs for their users. This often consists of a combination of formal needs assessment, creation of a functional program, establishment of sustainable objectives, reviewing existing building conditions and examining the possibilities for site redevelopment. The creation of these reports provides each client with a touch stone for the User groups, Municipalities and Council to add valuable assessment to future capital plans.

Saanich Fire Hall Gap Study

The Saanich needs assessment for the District of Saanich and Saanich Fire Department incorporated a physical assessment of the existing building conditions, a functional program review and service delivery analysis to identify the “gap” between the existing facilities, functional spaces and ability to deliver service compared to current industry standards required for both today and for 50 years into the future.

The study involved three existing facilities; Fire Hall No. 1 - “Headquarters” (23,777 SF), Fire Hall No. 2 (3,800 SF) and Fire Hall No. 3 (5,500 SF). All three fire halls were constructed 40 + years ago, vary in size, age, function, condition and effectively have met the end of their respective service lives.

Port Moody Fire Hall Needs Assessment

JDa performed a Needs Assessment, space program and Schematic Design for the City of Port Moody on headquarters station Fire Hall No. 1 to determine requirements for a new fire hall to replace the standing building on the existing site. In addition to these services we also produced drawings and renders for the public consultation process for the future station.

The proposed Schematic Design called for a new 25,000 SF, 3-storey single structure for housing administration and operational crew quarters. The design of the new space would accommodate a shift of 10 full time career firefighters and 20 volunteer firefighters. The space program developed separate locker spaces, washrooms facilities for male and female personnel and gender neutral dormitories.

Fraser Foreshore Park Washroom Study

The City of Burnaby Parks Department required a study to design a public washroom building for Fraser Foreshore Park. The client expressed a need for a durable, low maintenance, easily cleanable (anti-graffiti) structure, and some of their key concerns included security and visibility from the street. Not to mention the site presented several challenges such as a narrow shape, an existing dike wall and multiple below grade services with right-of-way and associated setback limitations.

The JDa team sited the potential building on a proposed datum which will address future park development, placed outside of all setbacks and easily seen from the street. The design theme was to create a facility “for everyone and anyone”, which supports gender-neutrality and also reduces the number of fixtures required by code, resulting in a smaller footprint.

Select other studies:
  • Vancouver Housing & Fire Hall Feasibility Study
  • Creston Fire Hall Feasibility & Siting Studies
  • Nanaimo Fire Hall Studies (7 fire halls)
  • Ladysmith Fire Hall Building Assessment & Study
  • Vancouver Fire Hall No. 17  Programmatic & Feasibility Study
  • Vancouver Fire Hall Renewal Strategy (19 fire halls)
  • Victoria Fire Hall No. 1 Needs Analysis & Facility Needs Study
  • Whistler Washrooms Study
  • St. Paul’s Mental Health Addiction Hub Study
  • Port Coquitlam Animal Hospital Study
  • UBC EUS Student Centre Study
  • Salt Spring Island Volunteer Fire Hall Study
  • Burnaby Generators Study (3 generator sites)
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